After a two-year development process, residents can now see how they like the city's new website before it goes live.
City officials conducted a survey and took input from focus groups with 30 community members to create the new site, which is a significant step up from the 2012 version of the site. It features high-definition photos throughout, a more intuitive navigation system and charts showing which social media channels each city department uses, among other things. Its format also suits smart phones and tablet computers.
"I was impressed with the amount of content that was created for this website," said council member Margaret Abe-Koga before a presentation of the site to the City Council Tuesday.
"The result is something that the whole community will be proud of," said Mayor Chris Clark in a statement.
To view the new site, go to beta.mountainview.gov. Suggestions and concerns about the site will be taken on feedback page on the site until it goes live in May.
Charity run on Saturday
On Saturday, April 5, Microsoft and Silicon Graphics, Inc. are sponsoring long-distance races in order to raise money for the Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County.
The organization works to end poverty in the community for people of all faiths and cultures.
Three races will be run at the Inaugural Spring Forward: the 5K, the 10K and the Children's Race. The Children's Race is open to runners age 10 and under, and is 1 mile long.
Each race course is completely flat, and starts on the Microsoft Campus before heading into Shoreline Park. The Microsoft Campus is located at 1065 La Avenida St., Mountain View.
Participants can pre-register online for either race for $40, and will be provided with a race tech shirt, bib and timing chip on race day. Pre-registration for the Children's Race includes a T-shirt, bib and finisher's ribbon, for $15. Groups of 10 or more members will be offered a $5 discount per registration.
On the day of the race, registration and check-in will begin at 6:30 a.m. The 10K race will begin at 8 a.m., and the 5K race will begin at 8:30 a.m. The Children's Run is scheduled for 9:30 a.m.
The first male and the first female finishers in the 5K and 10K races will be presented with medals, as will the first three finishers for each of the various age groups.
For more information, call the CCSCC at 408-325-5123 or send an email to email@example.com.